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December 13, 2018
Assistant Professors Dr. Brittany Dugger and Dr. John Paul Graff received a 2019 Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) award of $269,867 from the UC Office of the President for her project “An enhanced UC digital pathology infrastructure.” Their project was one of 16 highly meritorious projects chosen from a pool of 179 eligible applications, and one of only two chosen from UC Davis.

Clinical lab scientists Stacy Yee and Jennifer Keyser, along with Ky Van from our Clinical/Quality Research team and PhD student Kelly Lima volunteered at the UCD Health medical tent at the California International Marathon on December 2.  They ran our point-of-care blood gas analyzer and to keep the runners safe and healthy.

On December 1, 2018, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Grimsrud was the keynote speaker for 2018 Western Regional Meeting of the American Physician Scientist Association held on the UC Davis campus.

Assistant Professor Dr. Elham Vali Betts and Associate Dean for Curriculum Dr. Kristin Olson presented a poster “Use of Short Essays to Support Core Competencies” at the UC Davis Third Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference on November 30, 2018 at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Lili Sheng and Prasant Jena, post-doctoral fellows in the lab of Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan had their work chosen as “Best of The Liver Meeting” and will appear as part of a special slide set program highlighting key presentations from the American Association of the Study of Liver Disease’s annual meeting in San Francisco, November 9-13, 2018.

The Dermatopathology service have been officially approved as a training center for the International Committee of Dermatology-European Union of Medical Specialists. They can now accept international visiting scholars in dermatopathology who will be eligible to sit for the international dermatopathology board certification exam.

November 26, 2018
Professor Jeff Gregg, senior director of clinical pathology, participated as a panelist and lecturer at the Roche Global Expert Meeting in the Czech Republic in November.  Dr. Gregg spoke on "Integrating Solid and Liquid Biopsy."

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s video “The Pathology Revolution” featured Professor Jeff Gregg who shared the important role of the pathologist in precision medicine.   

Cytopathology Fellowship alumna, Dr. Nazila Hejazi, presented a poster “Incidence of HPV Negative High Grade Squamous Cell Intraepithelial Lesions in Cervix” at the American Society of Cytopathology’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington DC on November 9-12, 2018.  Dr. Hejazi is a pathologist at West Coast Pathology Laboratories in Hercules, CA, and a member of the faculty at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, CA.

October 31, 2018
Associate Professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented two posters “Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Kidney Allografts with Donor-Derived Diabetic Nephropathy” and “Deep Learning for Segmentation of Glomeruli, Interstitial Fibosis, and Tubular Atrophy in Renal Biopsies” at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in San Diego, October 23-28, 2018.  Dr. Jen was also a co-author on several posters with nephology fellows.

On October 26, 2018, UC Davis’ inaugural Symposium on Artificial Intelligence featured three podium presentations by pathology faculty members Drs. Levenson, Rashidi, and Graff, plus seven posters including other pathology faculty and housestaff.  Assistant Professor Dr. John Paul Graff co-organize this symposium.

Chair Dr. Lydia Howell and the Chair of Pathology at Augusta University, Amyn Rojiani, led a workshop “Generational Differences & Diversity: Impact in Your Practice” to a sell-out crowd at the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Chicago on October 22, 2018.

Dr. Judith Kjelstrom, PhD, a 1973 graduate of the department’s clinical lab scientist training (CLS) program received the Meyers Distinguished Achievement Award, one of UCD’s highest honors. Dr. Kjelstrom is a member of the CLS training program’s Advisory Board.

Residency alumnus Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres was installed as the new President of the Foundation of the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Chicago, October 19-23, 2018.

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky and the Wisdom Breast Cancer Study team were featured on KCRA News on October 16, 2018 to encourage women to sign up and participate in improving breast cancer screening and risk stratification. 

Assistant Professor Dr. David Unold taught two courses on transfusion medicine, apheresis, and coagulation topics using a “flipped classroom” approach at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Baltimore, October 3-8, 2018.  Faculty from Yale, Virginia Commonwealth University and others joined him in teaching this course.

October 15, 2018
Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi and his accomplishments as an award-winning teacher and app developer is featured in a new video from UC Davis Health.

The ophthalmic pathology service and the UC Davis Eye Center 's partnership with our department is the cover story in the latest issue of EnVision.

Several pathology faculty members, including professor emeriti Drs. Peter Barry, Murray Gardner, and Paul Luciw, are featured in the Center for Comparative Center’s website video which celebrates the Center’s 20th anniversary. 

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky represented the MUSE microscopy team in the Astellas C3 Grand Prize competition on October 4, 2018 at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Dr. Borowsky appears in this video interview with the other C3 category winners. 

September 28, 2018
Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin, Associate Professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa, together with Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Zivkovic (Department of Nutrition) and Professor Dr. Carlito Lebrilla (Department of Chemistry), have been awarded a new $3.4M  R01 grant from the Naitonal institute of Aging entitled “Comprehensive characterization of glycosylation alterations in Alzheimer’s disease”. This project is designed to comprehensively map the sugar modifications of proteins in the brains and blood of Alzheimer’s disease patients, in order to understand how these changes affect Alzheimer’s disease pathology. The goal is to enable precision medicine solutions through the discovery of new biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

The department’s new Lab Director Iyda Antony, CLS, MBA is one of the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s “40 Under Forty” honorees.  This program honors ASCP members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technology Dr. Richard Levenson and the MUSE microscopy team won the technology category of the Astellas C3 Prize competition! MUSE is now in the running for the Grand Prize via a live pitch event at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress on October 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Professor Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards, Director of the Pathology Biorepository, is an investigator in a new $6.3M grant from the National Cancer Institute awarded to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to examining why some ethnic and racial minority groups fare worse than whites when they get cancer and to find more precise treatments to improve their chances of survival.  Tumor samples from minority and non-minority patients will be used to grow tumors xenografts in mice.

Associate Professor Dr. Kristin Olson has been appointed Associate Dean of Curriculum.   An innovative award-winning educator, Dr. Olson’s many honors include the 2018 UC Davis Outstanding Instructor Award in Basic Sciences, the 2015 Kaiser Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Studies, and is a two-time recipient of both the Ruebner-Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award from Internal Medicine, and the Pathology Residents’ Faculty Teaching Award.

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